One fo the movements sweeping through the Open Hardware world is that of the hackerspace: a place where people can communially work on hardware, sharing tools, resources, expertise and encouragement. In Atlanta we have FreeSide Atlanta. From their Meetup Page:

Freeside Technology Spaces, Inc., a non-profit organization, strives to be the best in providing resources and an environment that encourages research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in the Atlanta community, through  workshops, collaborative projects,  and other activities that develop and support free and open source software and hardware.

So check out their blog. They also have a wiki.

Upcoming FreeSide Atlanta Meetups

Events - Freeside Atlanta

Events - Freeside Atlanta
  • Freeside Atlanta

    Arduinos are small, easy-to-use, inexpensive devices used to make gizmos, art, and your custom devices interact with the world. They are widely used by artists, scientists, and hobbyists, like you! This workshop will:

    - introduce you to Arduino,

    - walk you through initial or early use of an Arduino,

    - explain to you basic use of the Arduino board and related software,

    - discuss ways in which people like you are using Arduinos, and

    - provide information about next steps and sources of support.

    Are you interested in making electronic gizmos and gadgets? This workshop will show you how to use an Arduino to do just that! You will learn the solid basics of using sensors to notice changes in the environment, design program logic to make decisions, and send signals to act on the environment.

    - You will get an Interactive Development Environment (IDE) running on your laptop, to use in programming your Arduino!

    - You will make LED's blink as you wish!

    - You will make a buzzer buzz, under your control!

    - You will use a switch as a sensor!

    - You will edit, debug, and run programs for your Arduino, including using control logic!

    The workshop takes about 3 hours.

    The class fee is $45. During the class, we will use parts from a starter kit that is an excellent value, containing: an Arduino UNO board, a solderless breadboard, and a great variety of components, including LEDs, buzzers, displays, and related components.

    If you want, you can purchase the kit at our cost, and take your gizmo home, and continue your adventures!

    IMPORTANT AND REQUIRED :: A laptop computer with WiFi is required for this meetup, since the IDE must be downloaded and installed. We will do this during the meetup. Or, if you install your IDE on your laptop before the workshop, you will win a Snickers. You can do this even before you have an Arduino board.

    Previous Students Have Said This About Instructor Jud Taylor:

    "Fantastic introductory class! It definitely helped me get a good understanding of the Arduino." -- Charlie Skinner

    "This was a good class! Moved along at an easy pace and gave solid background info, too!" -- KnowWhere LLC

    "Very helpful introduction to the world of arduino! Great choice of kit to go with the class. Thank you, Jud!" -- Matthew Read

    "Great way to dip your toes into the Arduino world and practice the basics of its many application potentials." -- Streetcat

    "Knowledgeable and patient instructor. Well-paced class." -- Erin

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, August 23 at 7:00 PM

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    Price: 45.00 USD

    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/242404135/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Come out to the Freeside Knitting circle.
    We are an informal group that does fiber-craft, chats, and has a blast. At the meetings we give free knitting lessons, help with difficult patterns, share ideas for projects, learn new skills, and chat while we work.

    We welcome all knitting, sewing, crochet, and more.
    This group is open to people of all ages and skill levels.
    Feel free to come out if you want to learn.

    Please show up with needles and yarn.
    Come with projects you want to continue or start a new project!

    This week we'll be discussing Jeny's surprisingly stretch bind-off and Cat Bordhi's mobius cast-on.

    Schedule:
    7pm - 10pm: Knit, Sew, Crochet, and Chat.

    Feel free to come late.
    Showing up is more important than timeliness.

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Thursday, August 24 at 7:00 PM

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    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/242404444/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside is having a build-out! Freeside members get to flex their right to hack on the space infrastructure and hack Freeside itself into a collective vision. Non-members are welcome and encouraged to come and help us hack the space! We could always use extra hands for buildouts and are happy to show you around the space.

    Make sure to wear closed-toe shoes and fitted clothing, and be ready to get your hands dirty! Freeside has safety goggles and ear protection, but feel free to bring your own.

    We will pretty much be there all day, come when you can.

    Some of the projects we're focusing on include:
    Workshop and table resurfacing.
    • Finishing the bio lab.
    • Workshop cleanup and organization.
    • Ponder the meaning behind existence.
    • Finish the Podcasting station.
    • Organize the Ham Shack.
    • Prove P is equal to NP.
    • Send electrical pulses from our brains to our muscles.
    • Move our kiln to its final home.
    • Square the circle.
    • . . . And more to be announced!

    Come out and hack on the space with us!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, August 26 at 12:00 PM

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    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/242404461/